UMaine edges Albany in series finale

Posted May 16, 2010, at 1:11 p.m.

    ORONO, Maine — Justin Leisenheimer’s two-run home run highlighted a three-run sixth inning Sunday afternoon as the University of Maine earned a 4-2 America East baseball victory over Albany at Mahaney Diamond.

The Black Bears and Great Danes split Saturday’s doubleheader, with UMaine winning the opener 9-5 before dropping the second game 12-5.

Coach Steve Trimper’s Black Bears (30-20, 13-7) have earned a spot in the upcoming America East tournament for the first time in three years. Albany (9-35, 8-11 AE) also have sewed up a postseason berth.

UMaine spotted the Great Danes a 2-0 lead Sunday, but erased the deficit in the sixth inning. Tyler Patzalek worked a two-out walk against loser Kasceim Graham (1-4), then rode home when Leisenheimer laced a low home run over the left-field fence to make it 2-2.

Matt Howard followed with a pop-fly single to shallow right-center, then freshman Pat Thibodeau of Caribou lined an opposite-field double to left-center, scoring the eventual winning run.

Howard singled twice to lead the Bears.

Ralph Keppler hit a two-run single in the sixth inning against winning pitcher A.J. Bazdanes (6-4), who allowed only two hits. Matt Jebb pitched three hitless innings of relief to earn his first save.

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